National Twinshock ‘EVENT REPORTS’

24
Sep

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Final Round 6

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Final Round 6

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Culham, Oxon.

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The final Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship round saw Cumbria Twinshock hosting at Culham in deepest Oxfordshire supported by Willie Burgess and WJB Electrical.

The club did their utmost to encourage riders to enter, but it was a low turn out of just over 140 who arrived to a superbly graded track ready for the final action of the season. But the club put on a superb end of season event with plenty of entertainment on offer, and weather to match. With all of the class titles still up for grabs there was certainly some great racing along the banks of the River Thames.

The first title of the day was the Wulfsport Experts, with Brad O’Leary requiring only three points to wrap up the win, which he duly did in race one, to become the new National Twinshock Champion, and added this to his many AMCA titles. He won the first two races before wrecking his front wheel in race three, and then called it a day before heading home. This left fast challenger Richard Mason in charge as he reeled off three wins to take the overall over the weekend. Sam Vickers was promoted to second after six consistent finishes, with race five winner Michael Smith taking third.

In the 125 Twinshock class Matt Rudd took three wins on the Saturday, to claim his second title, and then sat out the Sunday, leaving Jason Slater to take the honours winning all three of his Sunday races. Melvin Homer finished top three all weekend to take second from Mark Burrows in third.

The 250 Twinshock Class saw six great battles between Ryan Ireland and Anthony Twidle, with Ryan just edging the win with four race victories to Anthony’s two. The pair were never more than a couple of bike lengths apart, but the extra points gave Ryan the title in his debut twinshock season.

Michael Ogden started as he finished at Farleigh the week before, by taking the overall win in the Evolution Open class, with two wins and three seconds, pipping another double race winner Dylan Spencer who took second. Danny Blakeley took the Kawasaki to third, and Callum Bircher eventually won his season long battle with Dan Shepherd to take fourth and take the 250 title for his efforts. Dan did win two of his races before a seized engine put paid to his chase of Callum. Barry Turnbull took the title on Saturday though by gathering enough points to claim the honours for the season, before heading home a day early.

The Super Evo Class saw a cakewalk for Corey Nemeth, as he was unstoppable, and rode on rails all weekend to take six wins out of six.

There were some great battles for the rest of the podium places, as Frazer Hatch bagged second, Lee Martin got third, and Lee Holland took fourth from James Newby.

Andy Lawton took his second 125 Evo title by winning four races, but he didn’t have it all his own way as a first corner crash in race six gave him plenty to do, but he came through the field to third, a great performance. It was great to see the Cagiva of Damon Strydom mixing it with the front runners and he took two wins to take second, with Lewis Parkinson holding off the pack to take third from Jack May and Scott Mathia.

Event sponsor Willie Burgess wrapped up his fourth consecutive Over 50 Twinshock title on the Saturday with two wins, which was fortunate as he had bike gremlins on the Sunday. Jim Shand took his Yamaha to the overall win though with four seconds and a final race win. Pete Williamson was second, ten points ahead of Wayne Twidle in third.

Terry Connor took his first ever overall win in the Over 60 Twinshock class and was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award.

And John Bennett competing in his thirtieth year of Twinshock racing, took second from Martin Snape in third. It was sad to see Pete Mathia having a nasty fall, and we wish him well with his recovery. But before his crash, on Sunday he had won all three races on the Saturday to clinch the Over 60’s title, making him the GOAT with a record seven titles to his name.

The Clubman twinshock class saw a real see saw chase with no fewer than four riders battling to take the crown, and it was Mark Gardner who eventually got enough points to top the charts becoming champion on the big four stroke Husky. His nearest rival was Neil Eastwood who only finished a handful of points behind Mark. Over the weekend though it was Simon Young who took his first ever overall victory by a single point from Eastwood, with Daran Williams third, and Gardner fourth.

In the Inters Twinshock class Dean Gray wrapped up the title on Saturday with a win so didn’t need to compete on the Sunday. This left Riley Copeland to take his first overall win with some great riding on the Sunday and a hattrick of wins over the weekend. Steve Morgan continued his weekend battles with Chris Anderton, and took second from Chris, with a final race win. Fourth was Sean Burrows, who takes the four-stroke title on the Husky. Lucy Tilzey was having a great weekend until her injury, and we all send our best wishes.

Danny Blakeley won his fourth Vets Over 40 modern title, with a tidy four race wins to stand on the top step, but Simon Bonser pushed him in every race and managed to take two race wins for second place. Andy Hinchliffe had some great rides for third from Paul Ferguson and Chris Lambourne.

Steve Ward was also celebrating after winning the Vets Over 50 title at the third attempt. He won five from six, but Adrian Lewis kept him honest, taking second with a first race victory and not too far behind Steve in the others.

Tim Sabine took third from Steve Sharples and Melvyn Homer.

There was an extra Modern class added, and James Dent was in a class of his own, winning every race, with Owen Wilkes second and Thomas O’Connor third. Charlie Reynolds was the star of Modern B taking victory in all his races.

And so endeth the thirtieth year of Twinshock racing, let’s hope there are many more.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Terry Connor.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Richard Mason, 2 Sam Vickers, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Brad O’Leary, 5 Dene Dewing.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Ryan Ireland, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Matt Bennett.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 Jason Slater, 2 Melvyn Homer, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Matt Rudd, 5 Dave Ellis.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Michael Ogden, 2 Dylan Spencer, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Callum Bircher, 5 Michael Smith, 6 David Hopkins.

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Corey Nemeth, 2 Frazer Hatch, 3 Lee Martin, 4 Lee Holland, 5 James Newby, 6 Lee Buck.

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Damon Strydom, 3 Lewis Parkinson, 4 Jack May, 5 Scott Mathia, 6 Rob Kingaby.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Jim Shand, 2 Pete Williamson, 3 Wayne Twidle, 4 Willie Burgess, 5 Kelvin Tatum, 6 Kev Smith.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Terry Connor, 2 John Bennett, 3 Martin Snape, 4 Reg Beaumont, 5 Pete Mathia, 6 Andy Holland.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Simon Young, 2 Neil Eastwood, 3 Daran Williams, 4 Mark Gardner, 5 Adrian Hadman, 6 David White.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Riley Copeland, 2 Steve Morgan, 3 Chris Anderton, 4 Sean Burrows, 5 Ashley Smnith, 6 Lucy Tilzey.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Simon Bonser, 3 Andy Hinchliffe, 4 Paul Fergurson, 5 Chris Lambourne, 6 Paul Croxon.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Steve Ward, 2 Adrian Lewis, 3 Tim Sabine, 4 Steve Sharples, 5 Melvin James, 6 Mark Burchell.

Modern A

1 James Dent, 2 Owen Wilkes, 3 Thomas O’Connor, 4 Andy Poss, 5 Sean Veness, 6 Jordan Barrs.

Modern B

1 Charlie Reynolds, 2 Jack Hyde, 3 Sam Hamer, 4 Paul Wieczorek, 5 Danny Gagg, 6 Ethan Stephen.

 
7
Sep

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Hawkstone Park

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship round five took us to Hawkstone Park, with Cumbria Twinshock once again hosting another superb weekend of classic vintage racing supported by KAIS Suspension Services. The meeting was well supported, and incorporated the Memorials for Matt Murphy and Frank Mercer, two real characters who have been missed by so many.

The event also included the Festival of Legends and acknowledged the 40th anniversary of Neil Hudson winning his 250 World Title.

Neil was presented a memento by the club for his achievement, with all his family in attendance. There was also a whole host of British

Champions and riders who had raced against him there to wish him well including Rob Hooper, Alan Clough, Bryan Wade,

Rob Andrews, Alan Clarke, Pete Mathia and Willie Burgess. Tim Britton coaxed a few stories out about Neils achievement in front of a

large and enthusiastic audience, and as usual Mathia got in on the action, with Rob Andrews also giving an insight into what it takes to

compete in GP’s, and a special mention must go to Lyn Woollam who reminisced about her late great father and commentator

Dave Smith. There were the usual parade laps which the riders and crowd loved on a much-shortened lap, but it brought back great memories

Seeing some of the stars having a blast around after forty years.

The racing took place over two days, and the track was superbly prepared by the Salop Club, with the Super Evos out first for bikes up to

1996. Wildcard rider Gave Stevenson, riding a special from Steve Clitheroe, took all five wins, with Corey Nemeth in second, following

Gav home in each one. Frazer Hatch bagged third, with Chris Hind and Lee Martin only a couple of points adrift.

There were three different winners in the Evo 125 class, but championship leader Andy Lawton took the overall with two wins out of five

on another Steve Clitheroe bike. Damon Strydom also won two of the races on the Stuart Newby Cagiva to take second, and first race

winner Lewis Parkinson took third, from Scott Mathia and Sean Smith.

In the Evo Open class Barry Turnbull didn’t have it all his own way, as he came up against Ryan Voase on the Sunday, who won two of

his three races. Ryan was not out on the Monday, and Barry took two wins to claim overall victory, with race one winner Dylan Spencer

in third. Dan Shepherd took third on his 250 Yamaha and was picked as the winner of the Matt Murphy Memorial Trophy which was

presented by the Murphy family. Callum Bircher was fourth from Michael Smith in fifth.

Willie Burgess just keeps on firing on all cylinders in the Over 50 Twinshock class, as he has yet to be beaten this year on the Gary

Murphy Maico, and took another five wins over the weekend to extend his lead. John Littler took second from Jim Shand in third, and

former speedway star Kelvin Tatum in fourth.

Pete Mathia, who has grown up around Hawkstone, and who has always been involved with the club, did what he had to do to take his

five wins, and won the Frank Mercer Memorial Trophy for his efforts, probably the biggest trophy he has ever won.

Martin Snape picked up some form in second on his Maico, with Terry Connor in third.

There were some really close battles in the Clubman class, but it was series leader Mark Gardner who won over the weekend, although he

was only three points in front of second place man Craig Ruck. Debutant Twinshock rider and one of the series sponsors James Chambers

borrowed Pete Mathias Maico, and claimed third place, just in front of Jamie Mason and Neil Eastwood.

Dean Gray looks odds on to win the Inters Twinshock title as he once again won the class to extend his lead, winning the final race.

Triple race winner Dene Dewing had to miss the final days action as he was at a wedding, so that meant that Steve Morgan jumped up to

second over the weekend, just in front of teammate Chris Anderton. Riley Copeland who always goes well at Hawkstone took fourth.

The two Vets Modern Classes had their own separate races at this round, and in the Over 40’s Adam Wilkinson put the cat amongst the

pigeons as he beat Danny Blakeley by just three points to stand at the top of the podium, with both winning two races apiece.

Simon Bonsor had five third place finishes to take third from Andy Hinchliffe and Paul Coward.

Julian Dobb reigned supreme in the Over 50’s as he won four from five to win from Nev King in second. The next three riders were only

separated by three points with Rob Lewis getting third, and race one winner Anthony Houseman in fourth and series leader Steve Ward

in fifth.

In the Wulfsport Experts, Brad O’Leary is another rider who is odds on to win the title as he took another giant step by winning four out

of five, only being beaten by Jimmy Margetson in race one. Richard Mason was really flying on the Honda and took second from Sam

Vickers on his Yamaha. Michael Smith took fourth, and fifth race leader Chris Neesam took fifth.

Matt Rudd won the 125 Twinshock class, with three fine wins over the weekend. Battered and bruised Jason Slater managed to take second

and third place John Davis took two wins, but a DNF hampered his chances.

The 250 Twinshock riders gave a good account of themselves against the Experts riders, and Ryan Ireland came out on top with four wins,

which would have been five but for an almighty crash in the final lap of the final race, dislocating his shoulder but managing to complete

the race one handed. Ryan was awarded with he Martindales Rider of the Meeting award for his heroics.

Young Oliver Dodders had his best result to date in second from Anthony Twidle.

There were also two modern classes just on the Sunday, which saw some fast times posted, and the A class was won by Josh Bentley

who won two out of three from Ed Briscoe and Stephen Wade.

The B class was won by Benny Lewis from Adam Nevitt and Daniel Shutt.

The final round of the series takes place at Culham Moto Park, Oxon over the weekend Saturday / Sunday September 18/19.

Matt Murphy Memorial – Dan Shepherd.

Frank Mercer Memorial – Pete Mathia.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Ryan Ireland

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Gav Stevenson, 2 Corey Nemeth, 3 Frazer Hatch, 4 Chris Hind, 5 Lee Martin, 6 Joe Baston.

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Damie Strydom, 3 Lewis Parkinson, 4 Scott Mathia, 5 Sean Smith, 6 Jack May.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Dylan Spencer, 3 Dan Shepherd, 4 Callum Bircher, 5 Michael Smith, 6 Danny Blakeley.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 John Littler, 3 Jim Shand, 4 Kelvin Tatum, 5 Pete Williamson, 6 Rob Glynn.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Pete Mathia, 2 Martin Snape, 3 Terry Connor, 4 Andy Holland, 5 John Bennett, 6 Jim Simpson.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Mark Gardner, 2 Craig Ruck, 3 James Chambers, 4 Jamie Mason, 5 Neil Eastwood, 6 James Fugett.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Dean Gray, 2 Steve Morgan, 3 Chris Anderton, 4 Riley Copeland, 5 Dene Dewing, 6 Ryland Jones.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Adam Wilkinson, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Simon Bonser, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Paul Coward, 6 Julian Freeberne.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Julian Dobb, 2 Nev King, 3 Rob Lewis, 4 Anthony Houseman, 5 Steve Ward, 6 Adrian Lewis.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Brad O’Leary, 2 Richard Mason, 3 Sam Vickers, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Chris Neesam, 6 David Hopkins.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Ryan Ireland, 2 Oliver Dodders, 3 Anthony Twidle, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 James Drewery, 6 Jack Mason.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 Matt Rudd, 2 Jason Slater, 3 John Davis, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Melvyn Homer, 6 Robin Cowgill.

Modern A

1 Josh Bentley, 2 Ed Briscoe, 3 Stephen Wade, 4 Tommy Fenwick, 5 James Angel, 6 Corey Nemeth.

Modern B

1 Benny Lewis, 2 Adam Nevitt, 3 Daniel Shutt, 4 Dan Edgar, 5 Jack Gotts, 6 Craig Perks.

 
11
Aug

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Howton Court, Pontrilas

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship round four was held at Pontrilas at the weekend, with Cumbria Twinshock once again hosting another superb weekend of classic vintage racing supported by Phil Denton Engineering. Overnight rain on Friday and early Sunday morning meant that the early races were really tricky but on both days it dried out perfectly to give some really spectacular racing throughout the classes.

In the Evo Open class Michael Ogden was on fire in race one taking the win, but the rest of his weekend was dogged with machine problems and falls. So it was Barry Turnbull who turned the wick up to then record four wins to take overall victory. Michael Smith had one of his best weekends taking second, with Danny Blakeley losing out to Michael on a tie break so took third from Callum Bircher in fourth. Josh Spinks guested on the Sunday and did manage to win race five on Alistair Welsbys Honda.

Lee Holland won the Super Evo class with two of the six race wins, beating race three winner Rian Warren into second by just four points.

Lee Martin took the final podium step, in third, with two wins over the weekend.

Willie Burgess is unbeatable this year in the Over 50 Twinshock class, as the man from Comber in Northern Ireland took all six wins. Second place went to a rejuvenated Jim Shand, who was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award for his efforts. Rob Glynn had a rare outing and was well pleased with his third place finish.

Pete Mathia is another rider who hasn’t lost the winning habit, as he took all six wins in the Over 60 Twinshock class. His nearest rival although a fair way behind was returnee Andy Holland who took second. Local Madley rider John Bennett took third by one point from Jim Simpson. Martin Snape was only another single point behind in fifth.

Another Hereford rider, Daran Williams was happy to be on home ground as he won the Clubman twinshock class with four wins from six.

Race two winner Mark Gardner came home in second, with Simon Young taking the final podium spot in third.

Dean Gray took four wins over the weekend in the Inters Clubman class to win overall, from Riley Copeland who had his best ride to date in second. Third went to guest rider Matt Yates, who missed the first race as he opted initially for the Clubman class which he won before being upgraded. Steve Morgan just got the better of Chris Anderton to take fourth place.

The Vets Over 40 class was a cracker as Danny Blakeley took two wins and the overall on his way to the top of the championship. Paul Coward though was the revelation as he rolled back the years to follow Danny home in second including a couple of race wins.

Richard Sharp must have led every race at some point but a final race problem relegated him to third even though he also won two of the races.

Rob Lewis was the best Over 50 Vet rider with three wins, followed by championship leader Steve Ward, who also matched Robs three race wins. Tim Sabine took third from Adrian Lewis in fourth.

There was some great Racing in the Experts Twinshock class and it was a straight battle between Brad O’Leary and Irelands Tommy Merton. Both riders had a trio of race wins but falls by Merton in two of the races gave the overall to Brad by just four points. Third went to a fast gating Michael Smith, with Sam Vickers in fourth.

Matt Rudd continued his domination of the 125 Twinshock class as he won four of the six races to take the win, with Jason Slater, a double race winner in second. Melvyn Homer was the best of the rest in third.

The West Midlands Evo races were dominated by four stroke rider Matt Hitchman, who had five wins, with his nearest rival being race one winner Sam Pocock. Zac Hackett on the 125 took third.

The Evo 125 races brought the crowd alive with some real bar banging racing, but it was Andy Lawton with five race wins who extended his lead in the championship. Scott Mathia was on fire in second place hassling Andy in each race with thrills galore every lap. Damie Strydom in third, gave them something to think about though on the Cagiva, leading race five before succumbing to the pressure. Jack May took fourth from Lewis Parkinson.

There was an added extra to the programme as a modern class saw Shaun Buchan win four from six to win, from Scott Meredith, Jordan Barrs and Luke Price.

The next and penultimate round is at Hawkstone Park on August 29/30.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Jim Shand

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Callum Bircher, 5 Lee Jones, 6 Ben Durban.

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Lee Holland, 2 Rian Warren, 3 Lee Martin, 4 Jak Dinsley, 5 Ben Parkinson, 6 Frazer Hatch.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Rob Glynn, 4 Pete Williamson, 5 Dylan Davis, 6 Craig Holmes.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Pete Mathia, 2 Andy Holland, 3 John Bennett, 4 Jim Simpson, 5 Martin Snape, 6 Terry Connor.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Daran Williams, 2 Mark Gardner, 3 Simon Young, 4 Jamie Mason, 5 Neil Eastwood, 6 Craig Ruck.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Dean Gray, 2 Riley Copeland, 3 Matt Yates, 4 Steve Morgan, 5 Chris Anderton, 6 Sean Burrows.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Paul Coward, 3 Richard Sharp, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Adam Wilkinson, 6 Simon Bonser.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Rob Lewis, 2 Steve Ward, 3 Tim Sabine, 4 Adrian Lewis, 5 Gary Mason, 6 Andrew Prosser.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Brad O’Leary, 2 Tommy Merton, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Sam Vickers, 5 David Hopkins, 6 Barry Turnbull.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Ryan Ireland, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Oliver Dodders, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 James Drewery, 6 Wayne Twidle.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 Matt Rudd, 2 Jason Slater, 3 Melvyn Homer, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Steve Riley, 6 Dave Ellis.

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Scott Mathia, 3 Damie Strydom, 4 Jack May, 5 Lewis Parkinson, 6 Sean Smith.

West Mids Evos

1 Matt Hitchman, 2 Sam Pocock, 3 Zac Hackett, 4 Dave Russell, Jake Chamberlain, 6 Simon Howells.

Modern Class

1 Shaun Buchan, 2 Scott Meredith, 3 Jordan Barrs, 4 Luke Price, 5 James Newby, 6 Kieron Davis.

 
22
Jun

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Cumbria Twinshock Club

The Grange, Tern Hill

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship reached the halfway point at the weekend, when Cumbria Twinshock ran round three at the Grange, near Tern Hill supported by Dave Ellis and DLE Construction. And what a good job they did, in managing to get through all three blocks of racing for the 250 riders, despite the thirty degrees temperatures. It was a much improved and revamped track since the last visit over three years ago, and it was obvious that the track owners Telford MXC Sam and Kenny Warren had done all the right preps, and kept it watered throughout the weekend to keep the inevitable dust at bay.

The first class to the line was a depleted CI Sport Intermediate class, and there were some great battles at the front between Steve Morgan and Dean Gray, taking a win apiece, but in race three a snapped throttle cable put paid to Morgans hopes. This left Gray to take the overall with a third race win. Ryland Jones stepped in as runner up, from Chris Anderton in third, in front of Steve Morgan and Lucy Tilzey, who was last year’s Clubman Champion.

The Hazport Vets class once again had a full line up, and in the Over 40’s it was a straight scrap between Adam Wilkinson and Danny Blakeley, with Adams 150 KTM somehow managing to squeeze every last ounce of power to overcome the big Kawasaki of Blakeleys to take all three victories and was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting decanter for his heroic efforts. Danny came home second, with Simon Bonser in third, just in front of Andy Hinchliffe and Martyn Gregory.

The Over 50’s were mixing it up at the front as well, and it is so tight at the top with Steve Ward battling with Marc Spruce.

Marc managed to get his nose in front by winning the first two races, but a last lap off into the bushes wrecked his day and promoted Steve to the top step on the podium, with a last race win. Mike Allport edged out Anthony Houseman and Rob Lewis for third in tightly contested races.

Brad O’Leary ended the day leading the Wulfsport Experts class, despite having to come from dead last in race one, which was won by Jimmy Margetson. But it was all happening in race two as a massive ten bike pile up at the end of the start straight, took out two leading contenders with both Margetsons involved. Michael Smith had a great day and ended second on the podium with three consistent finishes.

Sam Vickers took third and doing his first event of the year Jamie Biddulph came fourth.

The Falcon Shocks 250 class saw the resumption of the battle between Ryan Ireland and Anthony Twidle, and it was Ireland who took two wins to Twidles one to win the overall, and still lead the title chase. Oliver Dodders had his best finish all year in third, from Wayne Twidle and Jack Mason.

Matt Rudd reigned supreme in the WLB Fitness 125 Twinshocks with three classy wins out of three, and Jason Slater with another personal best position in second. And it was hard to separate Richard Wood and Melvyn Homer all weekend, with Richard just edging it with a better race three score.

Once again some of the fastest races were in the 125 Evo class, and anyone of the top three could have won. Series leader Andy Lawton took two race wins, and combined with a third place, managed to take the spoils. Second went to Scott Mathia with three second places, on a tie break with race two winner Jack May. It was great to watch, and Lewis Parkinson and Tim Gardham were not out of it at any stage in fourth and fifth.

All three of the Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock races were won by Chris Rogerson, who will now move up into the Inters class, after battling with runner up Neil Eastwood all day. Mark Gardner continued his fine run of results in third, after a tie break with Darran Williams in fourth, just a point ahead of James Fugett in fifth.

Willie Burgess continued where he had left off at Bevercotes, with three faultless victories in the Moto X Concepts Over 50’s twinshock class on the Gary Murphy Maico. Kevin Reed tried all he could to close the gap in each race but had to be content with three seconds. Mark Warttig had his best result in third, from Jim Shand and Pete Williamson.

There was an unfortunate accident involving Wayne Le Marquand in the Over 60’s, and we wish him well with his recovery. Following the red flag, it was the ever-green Pete Mathia, who showed all his old skills to comfortably take all three wins. Pat Rowe rode solidly in second, as did Martin Snape in third. Terry Connor was fourth and returning after a lay off was Andy Holland in fifth.

The Woodys Vintage Honda Evo Open class was a cracker as Aaron McLoughlin won his first overall victory, with two wins out of three, but he was chased hard by Dan Shepherd, with three seconds, and only two points separated them at the finish. Barry Turnbull easily won race two to take third but had a crash and a puncture in the other two. Michael Smith took fourth by a point from Danny Blakeley.

The S-N Properties Super Evo class had a good turnout, with debutant Andy Lawton on the Steve Clitheroe Honda, taking all three wins.

Lee Holland was second each time to take the runner up berth, from Lee Martin, Ben Parkinson and Dean Hakes.

The extra Modern class at the end was easily won by Jimmy Margetson with three clean wins. Shane Holmes was the man in second, from Sam Smith, Joel Hughes and Scott Meredith.

The next round is at Pontrilas, Hereford on July 31 / August 1.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Adam Wilkinson

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Dean Gray, 2 Ryland Jones, 3 Chris Anderton, 4 Steve Morgan, 5 Lucy Tilzey, 6 Riley Copeland.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Adam Wilkinson, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Simon Bonser, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Martyn Gregory, 6 Dave Bennett.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Steve Ward, 2 Marc Spruce, 3 Mike Allport, 4 Anthony Houseman, 5 Rob Lewis, 6 Tim Sabine.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Brad O’Leary, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Sam Vickers, 4 Jamie Biddulph, 5 Jimmy Margetson, 6 Ben Margetson.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Ryan Ireland, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Oliver Dodders, 4 Wayne Twidle, 5 Jack Mason, 6 Matt Bennett.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 Matt Rudd, 2 Jason Slater, 3 Richard Wood, 4 Melvyn Homer, 5 Mark Burrows, 6 Chris Rowlands.

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Scott Mathia, 3 Jack May, 4 Lewis Parkinson, 5 Tim Gardham, 6 Steve Gardham.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Chris Rogerson, 2 Neil Eastwood, 3 Mark Gardner, 4 Darran Williams, 5 James Fuggett, 6 Timmy Gravener.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Kevin Reed, 3 Mark Warttig, 4 Jim Shand, 5 Pete Williamson, 6 Mark Tilzey.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Pete Mathia, 2 Pat Rowe, 3 Martin Snape, 4 Terry Connor, 5 Andy Holland, 6 John Bennett.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Aaron McLoughlin, 2 Dan Shepherd, 3 Barry Turnbull, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Danny Blakeley, 6 Rian Warren.

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Lee Holland, 3 Lee Martin, 4 Ben Parkinson, 5 Dean Hakes, 6 Frazer Hatch.

Modern Class

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Sam Smith, 4 Joel Hughes, 5 Scott Meredith, 6 Tom Fish.

 
1
Jun

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2

Nottingham Twinshock Club

Bevercotes, Notts.

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The Nottingham Twinshock Club were hosts for the second round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at the AMCA track at Bevercotes last Sunday supported by DobShox. And for once the weather was superb, which meant that the hillside track required some heavy watering, and some big changes due to badger sets, and the ultra-dry sandy soil which dries to powder when the sun shines. The club did all they could to run on the grassy parts available.

Another 200 plus entry turned up to the track which has been in use for decades and has seen some great racing over the years. Several red flags did delay proceedings, but all three blocks were completed which was testament to the perseverance of the club members.

The first class to the line was the Hazport Vets Modern, with the Over 40’s and 50’s racing together with every gate taken up.

In the Over 40’s Danny Blakeley on his two stroke Yamaha was on fire and took two of the three race wins to win the overall.

Debutant John Butler was delighted to win race three and took the runner up spot from Adam Wilkinson on the KTM 125 in third. Jonno White, riding with injured ribs from Polesworth took fourth.

The Over 50 class saw victory for Dob Shox and former IMBA champion Julian Dobb with a clean sweep. Steve Ward kept up his good run of form in second, and club helper Nev King took third from Marc Spruce and Tim Sabine.

In the Wulfsport Experts Twinshock reigning champion Jimmy Margetson was back in the fold and got the better of teammate Brad O’Leary by two race wins to one. The Maicos were really on song as they battled closely throughout all three races. Ben Margetson the third member of Bill Browns boys, was always among the front runners and took third, from Michael Smith and Albert Martindale.

It was hard work for the WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock bikes as the riders needed all their skill on the steep climbs, and programme cover rider John Davis tied with Matt Rudd on points, but his better result in the final race saw him take the top step on the podium. Jason Slater came third but was delighted with his final race win. Ian Knight and Richard Wood completed the top five.

The Falcon Shocks 250 twinshock class saw victory for Ryan Ireland who took two race wins, with third race winner Anthony Twidle in second. Sean Dodders was flying and managed third overall on the day.

Corey Nemeth seemed to love the circuit, and in the WLB Fitness Evo 125 class, he coasted to three faultless wins, and was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Andy Lawton continued his run of hole shots, but just could not keep up with the pace of Nemeth and had to settle for three seconds. Jack May just edged out John Butler for third place, and fifth went to Scott Mathia who managed to take a win in race three.

There were a few wildcard riders in the Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock class, and in race one former AMCA Champion Brendan Rowett rolled back the years to win the first race, after which he upgraded himself to the Inters class. This left the field wide open for the remaining races, and the next two races and the overall victory went to Ellie Blacklock, who became only the second ever lady rider to win a National Twinshock race. Chris Rogerson just edged out Neil Eastwood for second, and Mark Gardner made the long journey from South Wales worthwhile in fourth from Simon Young.

The Woodys Evo Open class saw some titanic battles between Michael Ogden and Barry Turnbull, but it was Ogden who edged the victory by two race wines to one. Dan Shepherd had his best result so far in third on the 250 Yamaha, winning a tie break from Danny Blakeley in fourth and Callum Bircher in fifth.

The SN Properties Super Evo class had their own race at this round, and it was another masterclass from Corey Nemeth who took all three wins. Ben Parkinson was runner up with three top three finishes. Lee Holland was top four all day and toof third, from fast gating Grant Hacking and Jak Dinsley.

Willie Burgess won the battle of the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class with three start to finish victories, but Kevin Reed was always in the hunt and took second in each race. Mike Davies was not too far behind in third, with Pete Williamson and Jim Shand completing the podium. Pat Rowe was on fire in the Over 60 class and took all three wins. Terry Connor had his best ever result in second from Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand.

In the CI Sport Inters class Dean Gray took the Yamaha to overall victory with a couple of wins. Thomas Spencer won race one which helped him to the runner up berth. Ben Butterworth was also in the groove in third from Ryland Jones and Steve Morgan.

It was a very trying event for the club, but they came through and should be proud of pulling it off with all that was thrown at them on the day. The next round is at the Grange, Tern Hill on Sunday June 13th.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Corey Nemeth.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 John Butler, 3 Adam Wilkinson, 4 Jonno White, 5 Julian Free burn, 6 Paul Groom.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Julian Dobb, 2 Steve Ward, 3 Nev King, 4 Marc Spruce, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Adrian Lewis.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Brad O’Leary, 3 Ben Margetson, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Albert Martindale, 6 Sam Vickers.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Ryan Ireland, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Sean Dodders, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 James Drewery, 6 Wayne Twidle.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 Jason Slater, 4 Ian Knight, 5 Richard Wood, 6 Melvyn Homer.

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Corey Nemeth, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Jack May, 4 John Butler, 5 Scott Mathia, 6 Steve Gardham.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Ellie Blacklock, 2 Chris Rogerson, 3 Neil Eastwood, 4 Mark Gardner, 5 Simon Young, 6 James Fuggett.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Michael Ogden, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Dan Shepherd, 4 Danny Blakeley, 5 Callum Bircher, 6 Reece Desoer.

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Corey Nemeth, 2 Ben Parkinson, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Grant Hacking, 5 Jak Dinsley, 6 Lee Martin.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Kevin Reed, 3 Mike Davies, 4 Pete Williamson, 5 Jim Shand, 6 Lee Davies.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Pat Rowe, 2 Terry Connor, 3 Wayne Le Marquand, 4 Martin Snape, 5 Pete Mathia, 6 John Bennett.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Dean Gray, 2 Thomas Spencer, 3 Ben Butterworth, 4 Ryland Jones, 5 Steve Morgan, 6 Sean Burrows.